Thursday, February 07, 2008


The Board of Directors of the Buchanan Center for the Arts in Monmouth, IL is pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Susan Twomey as the Center’s new Executive Director. She will begin her duties on March 1, 2008.

Ms. Twomey has long ties to Monmouth and western Illinois and has recently returned to the community. For the past three years she has been creating artwork and designing displays for Trader Joe’s in the Chicago area. Prior to that she has been a homemaker, a professional caterer in Washington DC, a kindergarten teacher, a jewelry designer, and the director of the Champaign County Arts Council.

She attended Monmouth College for two years before going on to complete a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Northern Colorado. She obtained her teaching credentials from George Mason University in Fairfax, VA.

With her wide experience in business, fund raising, the arts, and education, the Board of Directors feels that she is an ideal choice to, as she put it in her application letter, “ensure that the Buchanan Center for the Arts remains a viable and valuable asset to our community.”

The Buchanan Center for the Arts was founded in 1989 by a generous gift from the estate of Grace E. Buchanan and has been a leader in providing arts appreciation and education throughout western Illinois. It is the authorized re-grant agency for the Illinois Arts Council in Warren County and receives support from the Illinois Arts Council—a state agency. The Center currently has almost two hundred members and offers regular gallery exhibitions, drama and art classes, and an assortment of lectures and performances throughout the year. It is open free of charge from Tues-Fri 9-5 and Saturdays from 10-2. You can get further information by telephoning 309-734-3033 or by checking the BCA website at

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